Experts predict that natural areas and parks like the Arboretum may host larger than usual tick populations this year. This problem stems from a variety of environmental factors, which have been compounded by a mild winter and early spring. Here are some tips to protect yourself:
Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Keep your dog on a leash.
Learn more about ticks from the University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center.
Read about the science behind the increased tick population.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for preventing tick bites.